National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce

National Weather Service Charleston, WV

Student Volunteer Program – Summer 2017

 

Experience what a career in the NWS entails!1

Gain valuable professional experience!

 

What will you do during your volunteer (unpaid) time?

  • Gain familiarity with the forecast process for routine NWS public, river, and aviation forecasts

  • Apply classroom learning in an operational forecast setting  

  • Experience real-time severe weather operations at a forecast office

  • Participate in external outreach – activities could include visiting a cooperative observation site, accompanying forecasters on a storm survey, or staffing a NWS booth at local events

  • Gain in depth experience through a chosen focus area – Science and Research or Decision Support Services and Outreach

  • Present a project corresponding to your chosen focus area at an office sponsored workshop

  • Earn academic credit through your university, if offered

 

What types of students are we looking for?

  • College students who are meteorology or related majors

    • Rising juniors and seniors as well as graduate students will be given preference, but rising sophomores also will be considered

    • Students who are interested in a NWS or other STEM-based career

  • Students with flexible schedules

    • Volunteers will be encouraged to work at least 2-3 shifts per week with the program designed to last 8-12 weeks

    • Weekday shifts are preferred, but weekend shifts may be accommodated

 

Where can I get an application?

  • Applications can be found HERE

 

What does the application process involve?

  • Applicants will be required to submit a résumé, transcript (official or unofficial), application form and a brief cover letter that describes their motivation for applying

  • Applications will be screened by NWS staff, with interviews for the top applicants

 

How do I submit an application?

  • The application form can be found HERE or can be obtained by email request

  • Email or mail all application materials to dylan.cooper@noaa.gov and simone.lewis@noaa.gov, or ATTN: Dylan Cooper/Simone Lewis, National Weather Service, 400 Parkway Rd, Charleston, WV, 25309-9406

  • Applications are due by 11:59 PM March 3, 2017. Interviews will take place the week of March 13, 2017.  

  • Applicants will be notified of their status by the end of March.

 

 

Questions? Email Dylan Cooper (dylan.cooper@noaa.gov) or Simone Lewis (simone.lewis@noaa.gov)

 

1 Participation in the program does not guarantee a future job with the National Weather Service. No compensation is provided. Volunteers are responsible for travel and lodging arrangements, where applicable. Applicants are subject to Department of Commerce and NOAA security and background investigations.